Wolves v Spurs preview

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Updated: September 10, 2011

This promises to be an intriguing encounter with Mick McCarthy’s side starting the season tremendously well whilst Redknapp’s men have stuttered to a disastrous opening.

Last season Jermain Defoe stunned the Molineux crowd with an electrifying performance and two wonderful strikes to gift Spurs the spoils.

A repeat result this time around is unlikely with Wolves maintaining a defensive solidity whilst Tottenham have looked particularly vulnerable in their opening encounters, despite the quality of their opponents.

Indeed, Redknapp has acknowledged his sides disappointing start, alluding to a lack of team spirit “I could tell there were too many players around that wanted to leave” and “ It wasn’t creating the right atmosphere going into the new season.”

He will hope for and need a fully focussed group of players at Molineux if a first victory of the season is to be achieved.

Wolves may have to make do without the energetic and influential Matthew Jarvis who is struggling with an ankle complaint.

Adlene Guedioura is also hampered by an ankle injury and both David Edwards and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake are certain to miss out with back and knee injuries respectively.

Tottenham will see the visit to Molineux as ample opportunity to get their season off the ground.

They will not travel to the Black Country with a full compliment of players, however, with Kyle Walker, Ledley King, William Gallas, Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar all doubtful.

The talented and influential triumvirate of Rafael van der Vaart (Hamstring), Raniere Sandro (Knee) and Steven Pienaar (Groin) are all certain to miss out.

This will prove a close constest, however, the substance of this Wolves side should be too much for this stylish yet brittle Spurs team.

Match Prediction: Wolves 2-1 Spurs

Betting Odds: Wolves 3.13 (VC) Draw 3.30 (EB) Spurs 2.50 (SJ)

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